How old are the windows in your home? If they're more than 15–20 years old, there's a good chance you could benefit from installing replacement windows in your home. Before you delve into the prospect of replacing your home's windows, however, there are some common myths you'll want to be aware of.
Myth 1: You Can Only Install Replacement Windows During the Summer
If you're planning on putting off your window replacement project until you have warmer weather because you think you have no choice, think again. Most professional window installation companies can take the necessary precautions to keep your home warm and protected from the elements, even during winter installation. In fact, you might even be able to save some money by having your windows installed during the "off-season" months.
Myth 2: All Replacement Windows Are Created Equal
When it comes to replacement windows, doing your research will pay off big time. You have so many different options to choose from, and they are in no way created equal. When shopping for replacement windows, you'll want to look specifically at the R-value of the windows themselves, as this will tell you a lot about the energy efficiency. The higher the R-value, the better insulating qualities the windows will have.
Myth 3: Any Installation Company Will Do
Even the highest quality windows can have drafts and gaps that allow air in if they're not installed properly, so be sure to choose not just the right windows, but the right installation company for the job. Take your time researching local window installers to find a company that has a longstanding reputation and offers some kind of guarantee or warranty on their work for your peace of mind.
Myth 4: You Must Replace With the Same Window Type
Finally, understand that just because you have a certain type of window (such as vinyl), this doesn't mean you have to replace with vinyl windows. Some simple modifications may be required, but you can generally replace with any type of window (wood, vinyl, aluminum, etc.), so don't feel like your options are limited, because they're not!
By understanding the realities behind some of these common window replacement myths, you can ultimately make the right decisions for your home. From there, all you need to do is find the right replacement window company for the job and you can move forward on the project with confidence.